Fundraising

New Bedford Creative has collected a wide range of grant and fundraising opportunities for individuals, artists and entrepreneurs, as well as non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, charitable organizations, government entities, and more. We’ve tailored our selections where we hope most New Bedford arts, culture and creative individuals or enterprises would be eligible to apply.

11/02/2021 – Third Wave Fund

The Mobilize Power Fund is a rapid response fund for direct action, community mobilizing, and healing justice. MPF grants are available on a monthly basis for youth-led and intergenerational groups, nonprofits, coalitions, and efforts in the US, regardless of 501(c)3 status or fiscal sponsorship. Grants range from $5000 to $9000.

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11/15/2021 – Institute for Museum and Library Services

Museums Empowered grants support projects that use the transformative power of professional development and training to generate systemic change within museums of all types and sizes. Grant categories: Digital Technology, Diversity and Inclusion, Evaluation and Organizational Management. Awards range from $5,000 to $250,000.

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11/15/2021 – Women’s Studio Workshop

The Art-in-Education Artist’s Book Residency is awarded to two emerging women artists to create a new artist’s book and teach young people in WSW studios. WSW can provide technical advice; training on new equipment, techniques, and materials; and production assistance.

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11/16/2021 – Highland Street Foundation

The Foundation partners with Community Impact Consultants seek to address strategic issues such as Fundraising/Development Planning; Strategic Plan Development; Stakeholder Engagement; Strategic Communications; Marketing/Branding; Board Development & Governance; Accounting and Financial Planning.

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11/30/2021 – D’Addario Foundation

D’Addario Foundation grants support educational programs, events, and performance-based activities involving band and orchestral musical instruments. By providing support early in the development of an organization and encouraging expansion in the donor network, the Foundation seeks to help organizations achieve long-term stability and self-sufficiency. Average award: $2,500.

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Actors Fund

The Actors Fund emergency financial assistance program helps eligible applicants in need. It is not income replacement, but limited funds for basic living necessities. The Actors Fund is also administering COVID19 Assistance programs for performing arts and entertainment unions including SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Actors Equity Association, American Guild of Musical Artists and Musicians Local 802.

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Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant is for mature painters, printmakers and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation. While they recognize the economic toll of the COVID-19 crisis, they are not able to assist with funds to replace lost or

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Agnes M. Lindsay Trust

The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust‘s Funding Priorities include Health and Welfare, Dental/Oral Health, Camp Scholarships, Education, and Homeless Shelters, their newest initiative. Special focus on Food Pantries. Applicants must be located in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or Vermont. For new applicants, the process begins with a Letter of Inquiry. Grants range from $1,000 to $30,000.

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Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund

The Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund‘s Funding Priorities include medicine, social welfare, visual arts, historic preservation, and land conservation. Grants are made exclusively for capital projects and capital purchases, and only to organizations existing and operating in Massachusetts.

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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation‘s Funding priorities include humanities, arts, higher education, and cultural heritage. The application process begins with a letter of inquiry.

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Annuity Freedom Micro-grant

The Annuity Freedom Micro-grant is a combination of marketing and $100 micro grant opportunities given out each month in three categories: 1) artists, 2) black or minority business owners, and 3) women-owned business owners. No fees required to apply.

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Artists’ Fellowship

The Artists’ Fellowship provides emergency aid to professional fine artists and their families in times of sickness, natural disaster, bereavement or unexpected extreme hardship. Due to the overwhelming requests, they are limiting relief and assistance applications to those qualified applicants who are dealing with IMMEDIATE MEDICAL EMERGENCIES and the aftermaths.

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Artwork Archive’s Complete Guide

Artwork Archive’s Complete Guide to 2021 Artist Grants & Opportunities includes a list of artist grants, residencies, and calls-for-entry in 2021. Topics include international open calls, residencies, fellowships, and awards.

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Awesome Foundation

The Awesome Foundation awards $1,000 grants to help fund programs, projects and ideas that are “awesome”. The grants have “no strings”, or stipulations. If they like your project best, they will fund it.

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Barr Foundation

The Barr Foundation‘s Funding priorities include Arts and Creativity, Climate, and Education. Their geographic focus is on Massachusetts. The best approach is to email a brief description (300–400 words) of your organization and the funding priority to be addressed.

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Borealis Philanthropy

Resourcing grassroots leaders and social justice movements for transformative change. Borealis Philanthropy directs resources to people building powerful, thriving communities that serve all of us, with those most impacted by injustice leading the way. They invest in leaders, organizations, and movements using diverse and innovative strategies to pursue transformational change, and they work with donors

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Boston Center for the Arts

The Boston Center for the Arts‘ Public Art Residency program supports two artists or artist teams each year to activate their public plaza and other areas across BCA’s campus with interactive, temporary public art. This process-oriented residency provides an opportunity for artists to experiment with their craft, develop focus, and engage in active public dialogue.

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Cigna Foundation

The Cigna Foundation‘s Healthier Kids for Our Future initiative seeks programs that bracket or augment in-school efforts to provide food and nutritional education to children. Activities can be based in community organizations, schools, or health care settings. Grants are also available for Community Health Navigation. Application process begins with a screening questionnaire.

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Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank‘s focus areas include fighting hunger, money management, and strengthening communities. They prioritize projects that provide direct services to low- or moderate-income populations, projects that are around one year in duration, projects that exhibit long-term sustainability and potential for replication, and projects that address unmet needs.

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Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation‘s funding priorities include women’s entrepreneurship and economic development; clean water initiatives; healthy living, education, and youth development. The online grant application process begins with an eligibility questionnaire.

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Costco

Costco‘s funding priorities include children, education, and health & human services. Max award is $5,000.

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Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation

The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation actively supports programs that meet the needs of economically disadvantaged populations. Proposals that incorporate partnerships with community groups and local organizations are encouraged.

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D’Addario Foundation

D’Addario Foundation grants support programs that bring music back into communities and schools and get kids playing as early and as frequently as possible. The application process begins with a letter of inquiry.

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Donors Choose

Find a classroom project that inspires you and give as little as $1. When a project is fully funded, Donors Choose will purchase all the requested items and ship them directly to the school. Every donor gets a thank-you letter from the teacher, photos from the classroom, and a report of how each dollar was spent.

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Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation

The Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation‘s funding categories include Community Grants (average award is $2,900 to applicants with a 501c3) and Neighborhood Grants (average award is $2,000 to applicants without a 501c3).

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ECMC Foundation

The ECMC Foundation‘s funding priorities include requests that address the immediate challenges and opportunities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, with emphasis on implementing systemic reforms to increase college success and career readiness for students from underserved backgrounds.

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Emergent Fund

The Emergent Fund‘s funding priorities include coalitions and alliances; mobilization; organizing and advocacy; healing, inspiration, and liberation; and access for digital spaces and digital organizing. Their population focus is on people of color. Grants range from $10,000 to $30,000.

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Global Youth Mobilization

Do you have an idea for a solution to overcome a challenge created by the COVID-19 pandemic? Want to support your local community? Campaign for change in your local area? Young people ages 14-30 can apply for grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 from Global Youth Mobilization today.

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GoFundMe

GoFundMe‘s Small Business Relief program will provide $500 micro-grants to qualifying small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Groundswell

Groundswell‘s Rapid Response Fund supports grassroots organizations led by women of color, trans people of color, and low-income women and trans people in critical, but unexpected, fights to protect and advance reproductive and social justice.

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Harry Chapin Foundation

The Harry Chapin Foundation‘s funding priorities include arts-in-education programs, community education programs and agricultural & environmental programs. Their funding focus is grassroots organizations with budgets up to $500,000. Max award is $10,000.

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Ioby Artists Lead Crowdfunding

Ioby has partnered with ArtPlace America to support artist-led projects that create community change. Through Artists Lead!, artists using their skills to address local community issues can access up to $15,000 in matching funds for every dollar raised through their Ioby crowdfunding campaign.

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Island Foundation

The Island Foundation‘s grant priorities fall within four categories: Environment, New Bedford, Alternative Education, and Global. In New Bedford, the Island Foundation works with organizations that promote progressive social change and combat discrimination in all its forms, supporting youth programs, community development, arts and culture, and basic needs. To be invited to apply, the first

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Jazz Road Tours

Jazz Road Tours is an artist-centric touring and residency grants program promoting deeper engagement between jazz musicians, presenters, and communities, offering grants of up to $15,000 to develop tours into communities across the country. Emerging and mid-career jazz artists, take your music to places it’s never been. Jazz Road Tours is led by South Arts, one of NEFA’s

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KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! awards grants up to $15,000 to support the purchase of equipment for construction or renovation of a playground. Funding is intended to serve children from low-income families by creating safe play spaces for local communities, including the replacement of unsafe existing equipment.

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Kars4Kids

Kars4Kids‘s funding focus is on education, mentoring, and youth development programs that help children develop into productive members of their community. Grants typically range from $500-$2,000.

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Klarman Foundation

Klarman Foundation grants support the purchase, rental or repair of instruments used for music education programs reaching low-income Massachusetts youth during the school day or out-of-school time.

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Kresge Foundation

Local “place-based opportunity ecosystems” – comprising mutually reinforcing public and nonprofit organizations working across systems – hold enormous promise in advancing social and economic mobility in particular cities. The Kresge Foundation seeks to promote collaborations across sectors and integrating service delivery, community engagement and economic development at local levels.

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Learning for Justice

Learning for Justice‘s Educator Grants support projects that promote affirming school climates and educate youth to thrive in a diverse democracy. Grants will fund school-level, classroom-level and district-level projects, and range from $500-$10,000.

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Leveler

Leveler: Peer to Peer Wealth Distribution is a tool for people with job security to help people whose work status has been impacted by COVID-19. The list includes freelancers, service industry, and gig economy workers. Click the “receive” button if you’re seeking assistance.

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Liberty Mutual Foundation

The Liberty Mutual Foundation‘s focus areas include education and human services. Their funding priorities are children and teenagers, with funding categories including capital, programs, and general operating.

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Life Comes From It

Life Comes From It awards grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 to support grassroots movement-building in restorative justice, transformative justice, and indigenous peacemaking, with work rooted in lived experience and relationships.

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Lowe’s/LISC

Lowe’s/LISC Small Grants for Businesses provide up to $20,000 to small business owners to help meet their most immediate needs. Eligible expenses include payroll, rent and utilities, outstanding debt to vendors, technology or infrastructure upgrades, and other immediate operational costs.

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Mabel Louise Riley Foundation

The Mabel Louise Riley Foundation‘s funding priorities include education, human services, neighborhood revitalization, arts access programs for underserved communities, support for foster care children and those aging out of the system, vocational education and job training, and affordable housing and shelter for vulnerable families. One-year grants normally fall in the range of $50,000 to $100,000.

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Mass Humanities Bridge Street Sponsorships

Mass Humanities Bridge Street Sponsorships support history organizations across the state. Through the generosity of donors, Mass Humanities will sponsor up to 3 free, public online programs by historical societies, centers, museums, or historic sites, at $500 per-program.

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Nathan Cummings Foundation

The Nathan Cummings Foundation‘s funding focus areas include racial and economic justice; inclusive clean economy; corporate & political accountability; and voice, creativity, and culture. The application process begins with a letter of inquiry.

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National Dance Project Presentation Grant

National Dance Project Presentation Grants are made to U.S. nonprofit presenting organizations to support the engagements of NDP awarded projects on tour by subsidizing up to 50% of the artist’s fee (including housing, per diem, and travel). View current eligible projects in their directory.

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National Dance Project Travel Fund

The National Dance Project Travel Fund provides monetary assistance for U.S. based presenters, curatorial staff, and residency directors or for current NDP artist grantees to connect in person to explore feasibility of presenting NDP-funded works.

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National Geographic

National Geographic‘s COVID-19 Remote Learning Emergency Fund will distribute grants ranging from $1,000–$8,000 to individual educators to use the power of science, social studies, and/or geography to help students understand the challenges and impacts of critical issues.

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National Theater Project Presenter Travel Grant

The National Theater Project Presenter Travel Grant not only provides funding but also animates an informed, interactive network of producing theaters, presenters, and ensembles that promote the funded projects and the development of the field as a whole. Projects are supported through Creation & Touring Grants, which fund creation and preparation for touring of devised projects and

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Nellie Mae Foundation

The Nellie Mae Foundation‘s grantmaking strategy encompasses six grant funds. Each fund is structured to reinforce one another in advancing their mission of championing efforts that prioritize community goals that challenge racial inequities and advance excellent, student-centered public education for all New England youth.

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New England Musicians Relief Fund

To be considered eligible for the New England Musicians Relief Fund, you must reside or be professionally active primarily in the six contiguous New England states or in the Upper Hudson Valley of New York. At least 50% of your income must have come from employment as a performing musician and/or music teacher in the

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Peace Development Fund

The Peace Development Fund‘s De Colores Rapid Response Fund is available for quick, short-term delivery to hot spots of opportunity for organizing in marginalized communities. Grants range from $500 to $1,000.

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Peace First

Peace First‘s Rapid Response grants will help young people around the world lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19, from providing meals to elderly neighbors to launching digital mental health campaigns to support youth feeling isolated.

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PNC Foundation

The PNC Foundation‘s funding focuses include early childhood education, economic development, affordable housing, community development, community Services, arts and culture. Their funding priorities are sustainability and diverse populations.

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Pop Culture Collab

The Pop Culture Collab‘s Rapid Response grants support individuals and organizations working to build movements, drive campaigns, produce stories, and leverage media and entertainment mediums to drive positive narrative and social change in popular culture. Grants range from $5,000 to $30,000.

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Power Forward Small Business

Vistaprint, the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation & the NAACP teamed up to empower Black-owned small businesses. Power Forward Small Business grants provide $25,000 + design and marketing assistance to qualified applicants on a rolling basis.

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Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People

Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People grants support people who are oppressed by poverty and social systems, want to take charge of their own lives, are organizing to do something about their own conditions, have decided that what they are going to do will produce long term changes for their lives or communities, utilize SDOP

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Rauschenberg Emergency Grant

NYFA and the Rauschenberg Foundation have teamed up to offer visual and media artists and choreographers in the US Rauschenberg Emergency Grants of up to $5,000 for medical related emergencies.

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Red Sox Foundation

The Red Sox Foundation‘s funding focuses are children, families, veterans, and communities in need. Their funding priorities are health, educational, and recreational opportunities. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation‘s Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health program seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. Focus areas include future of social interaction, future of food, and future of work.

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Roddenberry Foundation, +1 Global Fund

The Roddenberry Foundation‘s +1 Global Fund is asking leading social entrepreneurs and innovators from within partner networks to nominate peers who are effectively combating the impacts of COVID-19. If their nominee is selected for funding they receive $2,500 and their nominee receives $15,000. No applications, no deadlines, no restrictions.

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Ronald W. Burkle Foundation

The Ronald W. Burkle Foundation offers grants of up to $350,000 to support nonprofit activities that positively impact people around the world and their communities. The process begins with a letter of inquiry.

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School-Based Healthcare Solutions Network

School-Based Healthcare Solutions Network grants will support licensed mental health professionals to coordinate behavioral health services utilizing Telehealth technology and academic coordination activities with school administration in collaboration with school district designated program personnel. Max award is $250,000. Funding is available until depleted.

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The Vela Foundation

The Vela Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation dedicated to promoting improved nutrition and wellness in underserved communities. They support entrepreneurial programs that provide nutrition education and improve access to healthy foods.

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TJX U.S. Foundation

The TJX U.S. Foundation‘s funding priorities are: 1) Basic needs for those in need (food, clothing, and shelter); 2) Access to opportunities outside of school that enable school success for at-risk youth, pre-k to grade 12; 3) Workforce readiness training for at-risk youth ages 16-24; and 4) Safety from domestic violence (shelter, prevention, and services).

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Verizon

Verizon‘s funding priorities include K-12 STEM education and domestic violence education and prevention for youth, women, and older adults. New applications are by invitation only.

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Wallace Global Fund

The Wallace Global Fund‘s funding priorities include challenging corporate power, defending and renewing democracy, protecting the environment, promoting truth and creative freedom in media, and advancing women’s human rights and empowerment. Grants range from $10,000 to $120,000.

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Walmart

Walmart‘s Community Grants ($250 to $5,000) are awarded through Walmart Stores, Sam’s Clubs, and Logistics Facilities. Prior to submitting an application, please view the requirements and guidelines.

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Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo‘s funding priorities include affordable housing, financial health, small business growth, arts and culture, civic engagement, education, the environment, human services, and workforce development.

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Women Arts

Women Arts is dedicated to increasing the visibility of women artists in all art forms. Browse their website for funding opportunities, skill-building topics and other resources and opportunities.

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